Sunday, March 17, 2013

What Breaks The Heart of God (Part 2: Selling Your Soul)

The focus of this post is not going to sit over well with some people, but I know we’re living in a time where times are hard and people are doing what they can to make ends meet. What breaks the heart of God is not relying on him, but instead turning to people who can get you through the hard times at the expense of selling your souls. Most of the times, the ones who will get you through the hard times at the expense of selling your soul won’t tell you that upfront, it’ll be masquerading in most cases of it’s a sure win and your name will be written across the sky (that can be figuratively or literally). For fame, many people will sacrifice their soul, and sadly their religion. Everything you said you never thought you’d do has all been compromised and that breaks the heart of God. Revelation 2:4 says the following (this is Jesus speaking to the church at Ephesus): But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

I look at the world, and I sometimes marvel and how many people have sacrificed their soul for the sake of money, lust and power (to have blind people worship them). If we’re not careful, we can break the heart of God by blindly worshiping those who have forsaken the truth for money, lust and power. Some of you may be thinking I’m talking around in circles, so let me break it down a little bit further.

This spirit of selling your soul has already been in the world. Matthew 4 & Luke 4 record the same situation where Jesus was in the wilderness and the devil was speaking to Jesus. I will focus this blog on one statement the devil made and how so many people have fell prey to it (inside and outside the church): The devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you fall down and worship me.” This is actually from Matthew 4:8-9. Jesus’ response in verse 10 was clear and that He knew that Satan was the god of this world. What is critical is the statement the devil made. Now I’m not glorifying the devil when I dissect the verse. I want you all to understand the trap that Satan is using to get us to sell our soul and break the heart of God. Satan said that he would give Jesus the world and the glory if He would fall down and worship him. Fall down! That means to give up what you have. And then worship the devil. Now, worshiping the devil isn’t as complicated as what people make it to be. It’s just two simple words: serving self!
Most of the kingdoms of the world are self-focused (where it’s all about human works and human character) and will take whatever measure they can to ensure that you deny Jesus and His deity.

The tragedy now is the fact, that the spirit of serving self and we have groups that are all about serving self though masquerading as religious. I find that quite interesting. Because so many of us are naïve to what’s going on around us, many of us are yoking up with groups with good intentions. The interesting thing about the devil is that he can transform himself into an angel of light. This is why some of these groups have a beautiful code of morality good enough to deceive the most intelligent. This is why we need God’s intelligence and not rely on our own understanding. Prayer and discernment is involved before we sign any contract or swear any allegiance to anything other than Jesus Christ.

Take a moment and look at the world around you. What are entities around you that are self-serving and are breaking the heart of God that we deal with on a day-to-day basis? I’ll just simply say to look at who controls jobs, economics, politics, education, government, police, military, banks, communications, entertainment (to include the literary world) – and that’s just some, not all. It’s the god of this world!

(This part in red font comes from the following website:
Because some have sold their souls, they can now do the following:
  1. …continue to offend God, and perpetuate generational curses throughout their family lines” (Exodus 20:5)

  1. “…sustain the altar of idolatry these organizations serve, and proliferate sin thru the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the boastful pride of life” (1 John 2:15,16)

  1. “…get the next generation to spit in the face of their slave forefathers and their sacrifice to Christ, as they turn their backs on the God who freed blacks from slavery,” (Judges 2:10,11)

  1. “…further the teaching of the universal fatherhood of God, and the brotherhood of man, which says all religions lead to God, and undermine the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Church, Who is the only way, truth and the life” (John 14:6)

  1. “…raise up a new generation of leaders, who are just as deceived as their followers into believing they are spiritually free, when they are not, and yet are on the pathway to hell.” (Matt 15:14)

One thing I said to myself and to my editor, “I may not be a best seller to the world; as long as I’m a best seller in His eyes, I’m satisfied!”

But on a more serious note, this matter is heartbreaking to God and if we have the heart of God, it should break ours too. It’s time for us to stop pacifying the world and start evangelizing the world for His glory! Remember, what profits a man to gain the world but lose his soul!

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